Explosion Shuts Down SF Financial District
An explosion at Kearny and Post streets this morning blew off a manhole cover, shattered windows on nearby stores and sent one woman to the hospital with serious burns.
Authorities did not know the cause of the explosion, but they were speculating that a transformer below the street may have blown up and did not think terrorism was involved.
Kearny Street from Grant to Market streets was closed to traffic after the explosion, which occurred shortly before 10 a.m. The incident did not affect the cable car line, but a number of Muni buses were being rerouted.
"Some people said they were smelling different things. All the windows are blown out of the Ralph Lauren store. We don't know if it came from outside or inside," said San Francisco police Officer Gary Peachey, who was on the scene.
The explosion also sparked a fire in the awning of the Ralph Lauren store.
Deputy police chief Morris Tabak described the injured woman as a 41-year-old pedestrian who was walking along Kearny when the manhole cover erupted.